Author Archives: Rick Piltz

White House won’t use NEPA effectively on climate and clean energy -- Part 1

The White House won’t use the law on federal environmental impacts assessments as an effective tool for executive action on climate and clean energy projects. The Council on Environmental Quality has let four years go by without acting on proposed … Continue reading

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On climate change and not saving the wolverine

The decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to deny protection to the American wolverine as a threatened species appears to be another case of the administration setting politically inconvenient science aside. The decision overrides a scientifically based recommendation … Continue reading

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Pushing EPA to regulate aviation greenhouse gas emissions

On August 5, two environmental groups sent notice of intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for failure to comply with a court order that would lead toward regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. aviation. EPA has long delayed … Continue reading

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New research on ocean acidification threat and recalling some political history

New NOAA-led research on ocean acidification and the threat it poses to marine life is more evidence of the dangerous implications of human-caused climate disruption. Scientists have been calling attention to the acidification threat for quite a few years now, … Continue reading

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Remembering Stephen Schneider

Four years ago this month we lost the irreplaceable Steve Schneider, eminent interdisciplinary climate scientist, pathbreaking climate change educator, champion of the IPCC process, stalwart opponent of the global warming denial machine, and dear friend. Remembering him with this video, … Continue reading

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What to do about the "Social Cost of Carbon" metric? -- Part 2

The models used to calculate a Social Cost of Carbon for use in estimating the benefits of reducing carbon emissions fall far short of including a wide range of expected damages from global climate disruption. Using an SCC metric, or … Continue reading

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What to do about the "Social Cost of Carbon" metric? -- Part 1

Is the Social Cost of Carbon (SCC) metric a good tool for use in making government decisions related to climate change and fossil fuel development? The EPA uses it in economically justifying its rules on reducing carbon emissions from vehicles … Continue reading

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On Obama's new actions to support state and local climate preparedness

It's been a long time coming, but climate change preparedness has finally moved into the mainstream of national policymaking. Responding to the State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience he established in 2013, the President announced … Continue reading

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Bipartisan push for stepped up natural gas fracking and LNG export

A bipartisan push for stepped-up natural gas production and export, via hydrofracking and more liquefied natural gas export terminals, was evident at a recent hearing held by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Concerns about greenhouse gas emissions and … Continue reading

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4 Republican former EPA administrators call on Congress to take action on climate change

Exemplifying the proactive way authentic conservatives should be talking about climate policy, former Environmental Protection Agency administrators William Ruckelshaus, Christine Todd Whitman, Lee Thomas, and William Reilly -- all appointed by Republican presidents -- gave Senate hearing testimony last week … Continue reading

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